Beach vacationAre you planning a vacation, but you would prefer not to leave your elderly parents alone? Are you concerned that no one will be available if there was an accident? Respite care might be the answer for you, and there are several options available.

Knowing what your loved ones need, such as activities, assistance, and exercise will help you choose the right respite care option.  Respite care can be provided at home or in a care setting, such as a residential community.

At-Home Care and Services

At-home care and services offer a range of options including skilled care/personal care services, companion services, and homemaker/maid services. Skilled health care workers, which require specialized training, attend to medical needs. Personal care providers assist with daily activities, such as bathing or feeding. In addition, homemaker services prepare meals, and help with shopping and housekeeping.

These services can be provided by volunteers or via paid help.  The most admired respite care choices are the ones that allow the loved one to remain at home.

Out-of-Home Services

Adult day centers, which can focus on social interaction or medical care, are used to give the caregiver a short-term break.  They provide meals, activities, and health/wellness services, in a safe and supportive environment.

Residential programs offer temporary care for varying lengths of time. Although medical insurance generally does not cover overnight respite care, long-term care policies and veterans’ programs may help to subsidize care.

Respite care simply means an interval of rest or relief.  So, no matter what option you choose, you and your loved one can benefit from the multitude of resources and services available.

Here is a chart to help differentiate the various Respite Care options:

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